VERA GULIKERS | NO MATTER THE WEATHER Vera Gulikers’ work plays with making a first impression. Both the sculptures and the paintings are large. They use colours that recall candy shops and young girls’ bedrooms: pastel green, yellow, and pink. There is much food for thought, some provided by her use of the motifs and images from the oeuvres of famous or forgotten female artists from history. The brushstrokes and nuances of colour and texture are interspersed with relief ink-printing techniques and the velvety surfaces created when microfibres are fixed in glue (flock). For Vera, painting is a time travel machine — you can be in touch with the Middle Ages and video games at the same time. Her art emerge from an open creative process, the curious and intuitive study of what hands, eyes, and materials can produce. Not by leaning on text and concepts, ideologies, and opinions. By thinking critically in images. By allowing chance and pleasure and, above all, celebrating your spirit and inventiveness.